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'Fauda': Netflix’s International Political Action Series Is an Underrated Watch

Ryan Beltran

Posted on July 12, 2020 00:58

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If you are looking into an international show outside the American or Western Europe niche, 'Fauda' is worth looking into.

Image by Ronen Akerman.

"Fauda" stars Lior Raz, who plays the main role as Doron Kavillo, an IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) soldier who is part of an Israeli counter-terrorism unit and is tasked to hunt down dangerous Palestinian Hamas targets. A lot of the show centers a lot on the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict; basically a bit of an in-depth fictional portrayal into this real-life situation.

One of the positives of the show is the use of the main characters, especially Doron. Compared to what you usually see out of male lead roles in action type series or movies, Doron isn't that Tom Cruise look-alike with the athletic-looking body. He actually resembles that person on the chubby side which adds a uniqueness to his character which can be very relatable to other viewers. His hot-tempered and daring personality also makes you respect his character and really helps fans engage a lot in his story along with the central storyline.

Along with Doron, the supporting cast from his crew members from the IDF to the Palestinian characters is also used accordingly and the writers do their best in incorporating them throughout the show.

Also, even if the series has a different storyline unlike other shows that try to carry from one storyline, each new season's storyline is mostly compelling enough and its simplicity in its story is still filled with a consistent mix of tension, drama, emotion and well-placed action.

The only critiques with the show is maybe the most recent season (Season 3) which is arguably not as strong as the previous two seasons, at least from my perspective. The authenticity and realistic feel of the third season wasn't as strong compared to the other two seasons, and the plot just felt unorganized with a bit of a cheap Hollywood-like action flick vibes to it.

Also in regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, many might feel it can still feel a bit on the pro-Israel side since the show could rub some off with some bias for Israel. Still, at the same time, I really felt like the show still did a great job in trying to humanize the Palestinian characters in the show and not just showing them as some vengeful terrorists with no sympathy for innocent people. The show also wasn't afraid to highlight the negative side of Israel's tactics and use of force towards Palestinians as well. Many times we see Doron and his unit use unnecessary intimidation like aggressively attacking Palestinian targets or coerced them into admitting information, either innocent or not.

All in all, if you are looking into something foreign and exciting to watch, "Fauda" has lots to offer that could potentially get you hooked.

Ryan Beltran

Posted on July 12, 2020 00:58

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